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Scotland is a lovely destination for a holiday, whatever your age and interests. A Celtic nation famous for its lochs, magnificent coastline and stunning mountain ranges; the untamed wilderness of its countryside and warmth of its local people will pull on your heart strings and provide you with a refreshing holiday that you’ll treasure forever.
When you book a holiday cottage in Scotland, expect magnificent mountain peaks, dramatic coastlines, shimmering lochs and glittering rivers carving their way through magical forests right on your doorstep. It is said that almost three quarters of Europeans mention they only visit Scotland to experience the warmth and friendliness of the people; and once you’ve set foot in this beautiful land, you’ll understand why Scotland has a worldwide reputation for its simply stunning landscape and heart-warming hospitality.
You may want to stay in a cottage by the coast overlooking a rugged headland out towards one of the many islands, or perhaps you prefer the wilderness of the National Parks and the idea of staying in a pet friendly traditional country cottage on the fringe of a mountain range ticks all the boxes.
All personally inspected and selected by us, our cottages in Scotland may have swimming pools or play facilities fantastic for families with children; others may be cosy and intimate with a log fire crackling in the corner. We have plenty of dog friendly cottages, large country farmhouses or luxury manor houses for bigger families and groups with all the space and facilities you need, and easy access cottages so the whole family can make the most of a beautiful holiday in the Highlands.
Our cottages in Scotland cover many spectacular locations. Visit the Scottish Highlands for outstanding scenery, a multitude of attractions and warming hospitality. You may want to discover the mighty Ben Nevis peak reaching 1,344 m (4,409 ft), the world famous loch Ness and the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. The enchanting Scottish islands offer watersports activities, and outdoor pursuits ranging from mountaineering and hiking, to surfing and sailing. But that’s not all, from castle touring in Aberdeenshire to whiskey trails in Speyside you can soak up the amazing culture in style.
Scotland is famed for its iconic castles and beautiful fortresses scattered around the country. Castles and fascinating historic battlegrounds decorate the Southern borders, and Edinburgh Castle has to be one of the finest examples. Visit the elegant walled city of Edinburgh or take a trip to Glasgow to soak up some fascinating history, captivating culture and for amazing shopping opportunities. A UNESCO City of music, be inspired by the medley of musical variety bursting from Glasgow’s weekly gigs, orchestras, theatre nights, pubs and clubs. Drop in and dance to a local Ceilidh anywhere in the country and enjoy the wonderful musical variety.
We all know Scotland is famous for the traditional piper armed with the great highland bagpipe, and sporting the traditional Scottish kilt, but have you ever heard the sound of a hundred bagpipes and drums playing together? The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow are perhaps two of the most famous piping events in Scotland and witnessing such musical talents on a spectacular scale is an experience that won’t only give you goose-bumps, but a sense of overwhelming pride.
A haven for sports lovers and adrenalin junkies, Scotland is a world famous holiday destination for active and outdoor holidays. Enjoy hunting, shooting and fishing in the untamed wilderness of Scotland studded with over 31,000 freshwater lochs between beautifully craggy peaks and thick native forests. The River Tweed is one of the UK’s great salmon rivers so if you’re a keen fisherman, this is the place to be.
Scotland is the home of golf, and there is no finer county for a golf break than in the country that gave it to the world. Tee off in world-class fairways from James Braid courses to the traditional St Andrews course, and enjoy golf in the country where it all started.
The majestic mountain ranges of Scotland tower over the rugged heaths and gentle moorlands from the spectacular Northwest Highlands to the Southern Uplands. ‘Munro-bagging’ is a popular challenge hiking enthusiasts travel worldwide to achieve; but if the thought of tackling one of the 282 giants reaching over 3000ft seems a little daunting then go for a gentle ramble over The Grahams Hills - Scotland’s smaller mountains - perfect for family days out with the children. If you’re staying near the borders in the south, why not pack a romantic picnic or get on your bicycle and head to Galloway Forest Park? The first listed Dark Sky Park in Europe, here you can watch the evening sun set over the beautiful horizon and stargaze in the dark night sky.
Scotland’s Great Trails are a collection of walks that encompass beautiful scenery, mountainous views and coastal delights at their best. The 26 different routes cover almost 1700 miles of countryside heaven from the borders in the south to the highlands in the north, and offer walkers the best sights of the country and tastes of Scottish culture along the way.The Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms National Park as Scotland’s biggest National Park and as well as boasting Britain’s highest mountain range is abundant with the UK’s greatest native forests providing a natural paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. 41% of the National Park is dominated by heather moorland and is enriched by great varieties of flora and fauna which makes it an absolute heaven for wildlife lovers. The Lochs amongst the Cairngorms are some of the finest in Europe and aren’t only perfect for fishing, but great for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing too.Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
The untamed scenery of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is home to roe deer, the black grouse, red squirrels and Pine Martins, and covering 720 square miles of beautiful countryside, offers tourists the perfect adventure playground for walking horse-riding, mountain biking or water-sporting.
Named after the mischievous character from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Puck’s Glen in The National Park is a beautiful walk and perhaps the most famous on the Cowal Peninsula. Wander under the green leafy canopy through the narrow gorge soak up the enchanting atmosphere, past waterfalls, bubbling brooks and magical trees.
Thousands of miles of coastline pocketed with golden sandy beaches and shaped by craggy cliffs and caverns teem with wildlife and provide excellent opportunities for not only watersports activities but family afternoon walking expeditions and bird-watching heaven. Stretching for 117 miles The Fife Coastal Path is one of the country’s greatest walks taking you on a journey to some of Scotland’s finest coastal views.
Over 790 islands make up the unique diversity of the Scottish coastline. From the small island communities, harbour towns full of character and wild rugged cliffs teeming with wildlife, the Scottish coastline in every form is full of variety and beautiful scenery. Spot seals, whales and dolphins around the Inner Hebrides on a boat trip or make your way to The Isle of Arran or Cumbrae and discover nature at its very best.